Mumbai: Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley will be cross-examined on Wednesday in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
Speaking to media, Mumbai Police Commissioner DD Padsalgikar said that Headley’s deposition is important because his statements are being made before a judicial authority and will go on record.
“For the first time, Headley has said before a judicial authority certain things which were probably known otherwise or which came in the press so Headley’s confirmation of certain aspects of the conspiracy part, how it was planned and what his role was would definitely matter in terms of being said before a judicial authority which gives details about what actions were taken earlier,” Padsalgikar said.
Headley’s cross-examination will go on for four days. Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of the terror attack, will cross-examine.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said, “We informed the court that one of the attorneys of Headley was not well and requested the court to start the proceedings from Wednesday. The court ordered accordingly.”
Headley, who has turned an approver, concluded his week-long deposition before Mumbai sessions court through a video-link from the US on February 13.
On February 22, Judge G A Sanap had directed Nikam to contact US authorities for Headley’s second round of deposition and inform the court by February 25, after which the dates of his testimony were to be finalised.
Jundal’s lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan then sought four days to cross-examine Headley. Khan has also filed an application objecting to Headley being made an approver by the court.